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targeting fighting positions, weapons caches in both iraq and syria. those new strikes during just 48 hours after missiles fired from navy ships. bombarding isis targets throughout syria for the first time. we're going to drill down on every angle of this offensive and of the president's speech. former national security adviser sandy berger joining me new a few minutes. president also highlighted the fight against ebola. a new investigation by bloomberg business week paints a wildly inadequate picture. saying ebola specifically has not been a priority for the u.s. government until now. all this on the heels of a dire new forecast by the cdc
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predicting a worst-case scenario in the ebola outbreak. what's that worst case look like? as many as 1.4 million people in liberia and sierra leone infected by the end of january. and in virginia, an arrest warrant out for a man seen trailing a woman before she disappeared. now charging jessie matthew with, quote, intent of abduction and intent to defile. he was the last to see the uva student alive. but he hasn't been spotted since last weekend. matthew was captured on surveillance camera following graham on september 13th, the night she vanished. and back in ferguson, missouri, tensions flared again overnight after a memorial honoring michael brown burned down. all the momentos placed there were destroyed. overnight, some 200 people gathered to protest. there were reports of looting, even a fire the a ferguson businesses.
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at this point, it's not clear what caused the fire. investigators do say candles were part of the memorial. let's drill down on today's big, breaking news. a french tourist held hostage by an isis splinter group in algeria has been beheaded. the president addressed the u.n. assembly about this threat today. branded isis a network of death and had a warning for that terror group. >> those who have joined isil should leave the battlefield while they can. those who continue to fight for a hateful cause will find they're increasingly alone. for we will not succumb to threats. and we will demonstrate that the future belongs to those who build, not those who destroy. >> in just two hours, the president is going to be chairing a meeting of the u.n. security council. it's actually only the second time a u.s. president has done this. both times, president obama. nbc news senior white house correspondent chris jansing is traveling with the president, and i'm also joined by former national security adviser sandy
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berger for an historical take on this. what are the major take aways from the president's speech today? >> well, it's really about these global crises whether it's ebola or russian aggression or isis. they require a global response. but obviously the focus was on isis and these other extremist groups. made a bunch of points. you mentioned at the top, we're going to work to dismantle this network of death. it was kind of -- the idea, there's no reasoning with this brand of evil. they only understand force. and we're showing you that we're going to do it. but also that we're not going to do it alone. he said the u.s. is at war with al qaeda and isis not at war with islam. this has been a repeated message from this administration and why it was so important that on monday night there were five arab countries that were along with the united states when they went into syria. and then i think there was also a call about sort of the whole idea that there is this cycle of conflict that's in those regions. and it really has been infecting the youth.
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there's no doubt that the united states is worried about losing what is essentially a propaganda war that many muslims and europeans and americans find that brand of ideology more appealing than ours. and the president called on that to reject it. >> everyone knows it's so easy to step into for a president in this position of saying this is about muslim extremism only. how likely is this new assassination to weigh heavily on this u.n. meeting this afternoon? >> it's not surprising we're going to see reactions to what's happening in syria. this is a -- obviously a brutal group and offshoots. one more manifestation of the nature of the group. it won't be the last of this kind of activity. it may galvanize some of the people here in new york, but i
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think the president has to make clear that he understands this cannot be defined as a u.s. versus muslim -- u.s. versus arab fight. this has to be seen as a muslim versus muslim fight, not ours. >> chris jansing, are you hearing anything about this latest assassination? >> no, i haven't heard anything yet. but i can tell you that it really just sort of, as sandy said. this really puts a very brutal punctuation on the point that the president was trying to make. i think when you look at the arab countries that were involved. these are not folks that normally get along. they have conflicts of their own. that was an important image of the president to put out there to say we all have a reason to be in this fight.
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this is something that threatens the world, doesn't just threaten that region, doesn't just threaten the united states. >> i think be careful that our temperature doesn't spike up or spike down. on this over the next months and years. there are going to be episodes that are going to enrage us, perhaps have people calling for more forceful action. there are going to be periods where we lose our focus. and i think we just have to recognize this has to be a instead, sustained effort over a long period of time. >> and of course, it's not just about our temperature, it's the president trying to convince holdouts in the international community right there in that u.n. security council room. he's going to be dealing with, for instance, russia, which is sympathetic to the assad regime. do you think that the temperature spike moments as you put it will have an effect on his conversations with some of those holdouts? >> i think the russians will be difficult. the russians are not crazy about sunni extremism. in the region. it's not so far from their sunni
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extremis extremism. in chechnya out on their border. so they are nervous about this. i don't think they're going to go out of their way to help us. i think they'll have real trouble with our bombing in syria because they look at this as a perspective of assad, and they're concerned that we may use this to destabilize assad. so i don't think they're going to help us much in syria. but i don't think they're going to try to stop us here. >> you witnessed the ramp-up to similar operations in iraq back in the late 90s under president clinton. take us inside a presidential war room. what are the obstacles being juggled at this point in a president's mind? >> well, what strikes me about this, you know, the president took a lot of criticism about two weeks ago saying i have no strategy. it was an unfortunate choice of words. i think a little upset some of his own people have gotten out in front of him wanted to pull it back. >> much stronger rhetoric from
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cabinet members -- >> he put this thing together fairly deliberately. first, get maliki out of there. that took a lot of work. you couldn't use air strikes while maliki was there or we would have been maliki's air force. step one. step two, get the military lined up. you know, the military doesn't get ready on a dime. third, put together this coalition. the five nations that were with us the other night, quite extraordinary. qatar and saudi arabia don't speak to each other let alone fly together in air strikes. he's done a good job of putting together an initial arab coalition. i would say, so far, he's proceeded in quite a deliberate way. just the beginning. he's got to broaden this coalition, strengthen the iraqi security forces on the ground and then syria is even harder. >> and we're going to take a deeper dive into that question of what's required, how much more than a fig leaf is that
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coalition going to be. bill richardson on to take a look at that. how you take the president's very impassioned call for the end of the cycle of violence and turn that into policy. when he talks about disowning the ideology of extremism, what's the deliverable on that to use government terms? >> you know, i think we have to persuade and encourage the islamic countries to take the lead on that. and we could do public affairs work, but the folks in the state department are not going to change attitudes very much in the islamic world. we're seeing -- we're getting to see, though, islamic clerics, islamic moderate states denouncing this, saying it's phony islam, speaking to islamic youth. this has to be a change of attitude within the islamic world. it's basically phony islam, and we have to get islamic leaders
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to say that. and we can encourage them. >> i'm sorry, we've just gotten over the wires this is an affront to humanity. we're going to be watching the response closely. i want to hear from you. after the meeting this afternoon, what's next for the president this week? >> well, it speaks to what you were talking about, which is one of the main concerns when you talk to white house officials and intelligence officials are foreign fighters. and this is going to be the focus of this. it is extraordinary, only the second time as you said the president has chaired the security council this way. they're going to get -- looks almost certain, the binding resolution to stop the flow of foreign fighters, to prosecute those who fund terror and travel abroad. there isn't a big enforcement mechanism. but the president thinks, first of all, it sends a message. and i think for americans in particular, who are wondering what is the real threat here, the idea that someone could be radicalized could go over and
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return is really something that is going to be the focus. >> i appreciate your following this story for us. we'll be keeping track through you really closely. and sandy berger, always interesting to get your historical take on this. we're going to have a lot more on this, including a closer look at that coalition and exactly what it means. former u.n. ambassador bill richardson. we drilled down on the khorasan group and why it is that our government is just so concerned. don't go away, everybody. i've always loved exploring and looking for something better. that's the way i look at life. especially now that i live with a higher risk of stroke due to afib, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem.
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senior administration officials calling it horrific and an affront to humanity. so far, we're going to be watching their reaction. all this as president holland confirms the death on their end. we're going to continue to watch this story. we've also got new developments in the u.s. led air strikes in syria behind all of this. the leader of the khorasan group of terrorist fighters has been purportedly killed in those strikes. although the white house is not issuing a confirmation. is there any way we're confirming that now? >> conducting a battle damage assessment. i have heard the reports. the department of defense is still conducting an assessment of what the impact was of the initial strikes. >> once an aide to osama bin laden, in fact, one so close to bin laden he was among the few to know about the 9/11 plan before it happened.
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the u.s. had a $7 million bounty on his head. this is a big deal he's been killed, apparently. his khorasan group has also been a big deal in the eyes of the intelligence community in recent days. analysts saying khorasan actually refers to a group of battle hardened al qaeda fighters who traveled from afghanistan and pakistan to this new conflict in syria. president obama referred to that emerging terror group this morning at the u.n. >> i have made it clear that america will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism. instead, we've waged a focus campaign against al qaeda and its associated forces, taking out their leaders, denying them the safe havens they rely on. >> that effort has begun. but what will the u.s. be up against when he is replaced. joining me now to break this down is michael ryder, counterterrorism expert and former director of the national counter terrorism center. first up, i wanted to get your reaction to this beheading of this french tourist. obviously a tragic situation.
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we're only hearing now that it was by a splinter group, not isis itself. what more do we know? >> not much. but i would say this is exactly what terrorism officials really do fear. they, of course, are worried about the directed plot coming out of syria, whether it's isis or the khorasan group. but the other piece, which is really harder to detect are the self-motivated, self-radicalized groups whether in algeria or in the united states who are motivated and driven by isis' use of social media and messaging. and they are very -- isis is very good at that. and it's really hard challenge to face. and i hate to say this, but i think we'll probably see more of it. >> with all of this news about the khorasan group that's been trickling out. i want to ask this question on so many people's minds, are we targeting people that we actually know as a distinct group in these air strikes? when we say the khorasan group, do we even have a clear sense of who that is and where the
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boundaries of that group may be? >> yes and no. we know some of the leadership of the khorasan group. but unfortunately, intelligence is not good enough in syria to know all of the people in that group. and it's a loose membership. people come and go. i think when people heard about these strikes, they obviously initially thought isis. but as you've noted in your report, the khorasan group and larger related al qaeda entity have really been at the forefront of the intelligence community's minds not because of their influence in syria and iraq, but because they are so focused on attacking the west. and they have a hardened experienced group of terrorists who are really quite good at doing just this. >> this morning on the "today" show, susan rice spoke out about it. take a listen. >> is he the new osama bin laden? >> no, he was an aide to bin laden back in the early stages of al qaeda. he's obviously a dangerous operative. but he has nothing like the cache of bin laden.
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>> how significant is his killing? and who's going to take his place? >> susan is absolutely right. he doesn't have the global stature of bin laden. but his death is very, very important. and we've seen this over 13 years of striking different al qaeda affiliates. that if you take out the leadership or the operational drivers, you really do delay their plans in a tactical sense. this isn't about destroying the khorasan group. if he's dead, that's good, but they'll still be there. but it's very, very important for at least delaying or disrupting some of their more immediate and near term plotting, which is what the intelligence community most feared. so i would say good for now, but certainly not a long-term solution to defeating the organization in syria. >> that is an extremely helpful overview there. really appreciate it. >> thanks, ronan. >> we're going to stay on this story throughout the show, especially as president obama gears up to chair that meeting in just a couple of hours. coming up next, we look at one of the moral threats posed by this crisis. the threat to women by the
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of. following breaking news right now. a video of that beheading purports to show a french tourist. a victim of that crime. this comes hours after a new round of air strikes in that region. bill neely on the ground in the thick of this. he's on the phone with us. bill, what do we know about the latest apparent beheading right now? >> yes, ronan, as you say, a man who is 55, he is a mountaineer.
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he's been in the mountains of morocco of 20 years and he was on sunday hiking in algeria when he was taken by a group, a newly formed group that translates as the caliphate. what you need to know is they are allies of isis. that group paraded him in a video pleading for his life. they demanded that france stop its air strikes against isis. france ignored that and there's a new video that shows the beheading of him. this has been condemned by the french president. as a cruel act. isis called on groups around the world to target westerners, and it actually singled out the french and said that wherever french citizens could be that
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should be killed. incidentally, two german hostages have also been taken in the philippines by another islamist group that's linked to isis. they say they want money at the minute. germany says it'll neither pay money nor change its policy toward isis. after the killing and beheading of two american journalists and a british aid worker, now a french citizen have been killed by an isis-related group. >> it is a terrible story we are following it closely. thank you for that update. stay safe out there, bill. just this morning, the president called on the world to work together to confront this threat. he spoke in particular about one interesting facet of this. the most vulnerable victims and particularly women. >> this group has terrorized all who they come across in iraq and syria. mothers, sisters, daughters have been subjected to rape as a weapon of war. >> interesting development to have a president focused so
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explicitly on women being at the heart of a conflict like this. i'm joined by cheryl and nicholas. they've been reporting on vulnerable women around the world for years. work i very much admire and the focus of your new project, the path appears. it's a follow-up to the book "path to the sky." how significant is it to have a president so prominently highlight the plight of women in what is essentially the ramp-up to war? >> i think it's very important, both to emphasize the degree to which women are often the victims of mass atrocities, but also the degree to which they are part of the solution to so many of the problems around the world. one of the things that disturbs me is the degree to which we rely on the military tool box to solve problems of extremism and not adequately on the tool box of education, of women's empowerment, which in the long run is really one of the ways you get leverage to change societies over time. you know, pakistan is a mess, bangladesh is not. that's partly because bangladesh
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and yemen educated and empowered women. >> the president also mentioned education throughout this speech. cheryl, i interviewed the u.n. special representative on sexual violence and conflict earlier this year. one thing she's been saying is that maybe 1,500, as many as 1,500 in this conflict in iraq have been forced into sexual slavery at the hands of isis. this seems to be an overwhelmingly significant part of their ideology. the sub >> well, for them, it's really a weapon of war. it is a way to terrorize communities. if you actually rape the women, you basically make them powerless because everybody feels as though they don't want their women hurt. so it's a very critical weapon for them. obviously, what the west can do is make sure this is not acceptable. there are long-term you can use education and empowerment. in the short-term, you still do need to, you know, invade, you
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need to separate the women from these situations. you need to just basically stop these -- i stopped isis in its tracks. for many reasons, including just preventing them from terrorizing the women. >> right. very much in line with what the president said today, these are not individuals to be reasoned with. this requires the language of force. survivors who have escaped the clutches have detailed harrowing conditions in the prisons. one quote that stood out. those who convert as islam are sold as brides for prices as low as $25 and ranging up to $150. those that do not convert face daily rape and a slow death. the president's in a delicate position here, nick, with the religious element of this. he really emphasized today this is not a clash of the civilizations, not about islam. is it the case that in this region that islam has provided fertile ground? >> i think it is. but it's not that we have to
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recognize there is also a rational element for isis or for the taliban. i think they recognize that the best -- that the greatest threat to extremism is a girl with a book. and so they try to keep those girls from books. they try to keep them locked up in the house. and i wish we could recognize that the best way to combat extremism in the long run is to indeed equity those girls. we don't seem to appreciate that to the same degree that isis or the taliban do. >> that's a great jumping off point to talk about the book, cheryl. >> right. well, what's also really important in both cases, whether it's here, at home and what we talk about as the path appears or abroad. it's important to start. we always say, that's a long-term solution. we can put that off. but if we start now, it becomes a short-term solution in five years, in six years. but we have to start. and that's what's important about. we write about we need to focus on our education system, especially early childhood education. inequality is a big issue.
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it's clear it's a growing issue. we don't fight, we don't debate over whether it's an issue, we debate over what is the best solution to address inequality? inequality, whether it's of gender, of income, and, i think it's really important to understand that the most effective solutions are those that start early. >> and one of the smartest things that you've done before with half the sky is to build a movement, not just a book. what's the movement this time, nick? >> well, what we're hoping is people will read "a path appears" and we list a bunch of organizations in this space. we list ways that people can mark a birthday or occasion to try to make a difference. and we hope the people will then go ahead and get engaged and do something. i think one of the things that really struck me, we're walking down 47th street the other day and he stopped us, and he was the audio engineer who taped the audio book. he decided he wanted to give
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back in some way and since he's an audio engineer, he's now recording children's stories to provide them to disadvantaged children. use his skills to help make a difference. i think there is this yearning on the part of so many people to do something like that. >> and telling stories is something you've done successfully, cheryl. >> absolutely. telling stories is really critical. i want to underscore, we're not encouraging -- oh, this movement, try this one. it's more of an expansion of the movement. it's really trying to bring equality of opportunity. not only to women, but also to men, boys and girls. >> and that is so important. and these are goals resinating with people. this is at the heart of all of our biggest challenges right now. commend the work you do and i have a great deal of respect for both of your careers. in just a couple of minutes, we look at another big challenge in this fight. former ambassador to the u.n. bill richardson dissects what the president's up against as he heads up against, as he heads to the u.n. security council, and also, just how real the
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america and how poor it is. more in particularly, the thing that really hurt me was one of the schools that they talked about was a school my mom went to. and the neighborhood that i come from. and the thing that really crushed me is that the title was "waiting for superman." here's a fictitious character they're waiting for to solve real problems. so i was like, wow. they didn't say they were waiting for bill gates or waiting for like rich people. they're waiting for like -- or waiting for government. they're waiting for superman. which just really hit home. so i started putting together a bunch of people to help me change roosevelt and the neighborhood i come from. these kids were like really, really in a muck -- now our kids are 3.2s and 4.0s.
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our kids are awesome. seriously, our kids are going to china if they keep their gpa up, and they do. they're part of the first robotics program if they keep their gpa up, and they do. they go to m.i.t., they participate in appithons. >> more positive. >> yeah. certain things, one time, our bank had -- we're having a hackithon. i'm like, wait a second -- >> don't get hacked. >> certain things that don't go with banks and that's hacks. >> will, you and i both grew up in single mom households, how did that shape you growing up? >> oh. i don't know the other option. it was amazing. my mom's awesome. >> you're still close with her, right? >> yeah, my mom. i don't even know what it's like to have a mom and a dad. i know what it's like to have an awesome mom. for me it was the best thing ever to have the mom that i have and the uncles that i have and
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the grandma i have. i don't know what the other side's like. you have a mom and dad? tell me what it's like because my mom is the awesomest. >> you mentioned your uncle a lot, an nfl player, what would he say about the current nfl abuse scandal? >> that's a hard one. domestic abuse is whether you e you're -- you work at u.p.s. or fedex or starbucks, there's domestic violence isn't just in the nfl. it's everywhere. i'm pretty sure there's domestic violence in capitol hill we don't know about. it's everywhere and it's sad. and no woman needs to be -- serves to be abused like that. sad. >> you've said music is cool, but i'm just so much more excited about technology. >> yeah. i love music. i love technology, too. >> and how do you think your tech endeavors can give back to
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some of the goals of combatting poverty that are going to be on display at this next concert? >> right now in the hood, kid, there's some kid out there right now. he's going to be the next kobe bryant, the next lebron james and that kid will be awesome. maybe the next jay z right now, right now, there's that guy in the hood right now. but there's nobody preparing to be the next steve jobs or bill gates. it's not that hard. they all have iphones and laptops. that should be the -- that should be like the -- the thing that we're all focused on to turning these kids in the hood, both men and women, every guy, every girl in the hood has the same opportunity to be the next bill gates, the next michael dell, the next, you know, steve jobs. all americans. these people are american. right?
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and they built big, huge companies. and dr. dre, dr. dre and beats be a sign of how you can make it. >> science and technology. >> yeah, that should be the new hustle. it's the new language. i encourage kids in the hood to take a computer science course, aim to want to create apps, aim to be a part of this conversation around. the next uber could come out of compton, the next pinterest, come out of mississippi. you want to change not only your life and your family's life but your whole city's life, create an uber worth $1 billion, create a whassapp worth a billion dollars. that should be america's number one priority is to get every single kid in the inner city and other cities like it. but guess what, in brentwood, there ain't no 3d printing class
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in brentwood. it's not just in the hood where there's a drought for technology, it's even in the good hoods. >> yeah. >> like we're behind. >>, thank you for your time. has also been one of the champions it have global poverty project. and this weekend, msnbc will be airing the third annual global citizens festival. concert to end extreme poverty live 3:00 p.m. eastern. the world's 58 million kids without access to education. and in the meantime, all week we've been working with you at home to address another major facet of global poverty. lack of access to water. if you want to get involved, here's something you can do. go to our website, support the water for the world act. more people with clean water. it's stalled in congress right now. share your thoughts on facebook and twitter. we'll be keeping track. up next, the president heads to the security council.
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and we drill down on what he's up against building this coalition to fight terror. former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. bill richardson is with us after this break. don't go away. health can change in a minute. so cvs health is changing healthcare. making it more accessible and affordable, with over 900 locations for walk-in medical care. and more on the way. minuteclinic. another innovation from cvs health. because health is everything.
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it is time for a new compact among civilized people in this world to eradicate war. >> new compact among civilized people of this world. president obama's speech today, making a pretty urgent plea for other countries to join this u.s.-led fight against isis. so far, just five arab states, a critical part of this, have signed onto the coalition. it's also not entirely clear what if anything some of these nations will actually contribute. how different is this from that other presidential coalition? take a listen. >> when we went in, there were three countries, great britain, australia and the united states. that's not a grand coalition. we can do better.
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>> 30 seconds. >> you forgot poland. now there's 30 nations involved. >> 2004 debate. this is a very different set of circumstances. are we doing better this time? what's the president up against as he prepares to make the case this afternoon to the u.n. security council? bill richardson, served as united nations ambassador under president bill clinton. white house press secretary josh earnest spoke to andrea mitchell about the challenge for arab leaders. >> are we going to have the courage, even in the face of some political controversy to stand up and be a leading voice of moderation and that is going to be required for these muslim nations to real integrate themselves into a broader community. >> governor, what are the biggest obstacles ahead for this coalition? >> the obstacles are this. we want to get them engaged
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military, helping with the air strikes. with jordan, united arab emirates, saudi arabia, qatar, it looks good. there are other arab countries. we need their participation military, humanitarian assistance. we also need them to join this diplomatic coalition of isolating isis and this other radical group we just bombed successfully. but the issue is going to be -- is it just going to be, for instance, assisting with some humanitarian supplies like blankets and food or an all-out effort, which we need. we cannot put american ground troops there. arab countries need to do this. this is their territory. this is their responsibility. but i think the president was successful in calling arms and showing leadership that america will lead. but you've got to do your share, arab and muslim countries. >> stepping aside from this
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question of the arab leadership in this fight, there's also the question of how many world powers are going to be on board. obviously, he goes before this room of the p-5. who are the holdouts going to be in this meeting? >> well, the holdouts, first of all, is russia. the president in his speech took some shots at putin. well deserved, i thought. invading another territory. so russia can mess around f we try to get a resolution, i think it's going to be successful but one that says, we have to hold up terrorists at various borders. russia can veto. china can veto. >> of course, they are very close to the assad regime. they don't want anything that violates his sovereignty. >> that's right. but i think deep down the russians may think bombing these dissident groups, the isis might help assad. so, the russians have a calculated gamble. i think the president shamed them enough, not enough of international support so the russians are reluctantly going
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to support this resolution this afternoon and not cause much trouble. but there will be sessions that are private. and i bet you they will not be happy, especially with what the president said in his speech this morning. >> governor, you've telt with a lot of tough leaders, holdouts similar to what the president will be up against. you've dealt with some pretty isolationist types. you've dealt with saddam hussein, leaders from the taliban. you've made many trips to north korea. what have you learned that you would tell the current president? >> well, i would say to him, i was very pleased with your speech today. you were strong. but a lot of it is personal relationships. you've got to find a way to engage personally, even with some of these countries whose leaders you don't like, you detest. you've got to find ways that they have some kind of understanding with you, some kind of trust. i think the president has made some laudable movements in that direction, but, you know, you've
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got to build the relationships. i wish putin and obama had a stronger personal relationship. they don't. honestly, i think obama honestly tried. but i think these sessions at the u.n. are very important. 125 leaders. the staffs are not there. they get a chance to know each other. >> we'll see what comes of it. thank you so much, former u.n. ambassador, bill richardson. that wraps up today's "r.f. daily," it's a pleasure to have this time with you. it's time for "the reid report," she's in washington, d.c. what have you sghot. >> thanks very much. coming up next on "the reid report," president obama threatens isis from the floor 69 u.n. general assembly during an impassioned speech. we hear the terrorist group beheaded a french tourist from algeria. the year's largest variety of shrimp flavors! like our coconut shrimp bites or our creamy shrimp alfredo... as much as you like, any way you like!
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hello and welcome to "the reid report." i'm joy reid in washington, d.c. all this week. we're following reports of a new hostage beheading while president obama is in new york where he delivered a strong message to the terrorist groups now under u.s. missile strikes. >> those who have joined isil should leave the battlefield while they can. >> let's get you up to speed on what we know right now. a group aligned with isis in the north african country of algeria has reportedly beheaded a french tourist in that country. this after the u.s. and arab allies conducted five additional missile strikes in syria and iraq overnight. in an hour president obama will chair a meeting of the united nations security council where he's expected to call on governments around the world to do more to stop the flow of extremists from their countries. this morning in a speech to the general assembly, the president said the only way to secure a free world is to take the fight
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to isis. >> no god condones this terror. no grievance justifies these actions. there can be no reasoning. no negotiation with this brand of evil. the only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. >> while the speech touched on broader issues from ukraine to iran to the ebola outbreak in africa, even the police shooting of michael brown in ferguson, missouri, all the examples, said president obama, while cooperation is the first step in combating violence and misery no matter where they occur. president obama also summoned the words of eleanor roosevelt. asking the assembled dignitaries, where do all human rights begin? in small places close to


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